The head of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression celebrated journalist Mohamed Fahmy’s release from an Egyptian prison on Wednesday.
But the group cautioned this is a small win in a much larger war.
Executive director Tom Henheffer says many jailed journalists don’t have support of people in countries like Canada, shining the spotlight on their plight.
“Things keep getting worse for journalists around the world. This is a big victory, and it really proves that advocacy works — and that’s extremely important — but there’s a big, big, long fight ahead.”
The Egyptian government has pardoned Fahmy and an Egyptian colleague on fabricated terrorism charges.
This ends a nearly two-year nightmare that saw them spend much of that time in prison.
Fahmy will soon head to Vancouver, where there’s a position at UBC’s school of journalism waiting for him.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced on Wednesday on his Facebook page that he passed a resolution for the pardon “of one hundred young people trapped in issues related to the breach of the law on demonstrations and, in some cases, humanity and satisfactory.”
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Tweets on Fahmy’s page today were celebratory, while also calling for people to continue fighting for his colleague’s freedom:
Mohamed Fahmy and his wonderful wonderful wife Marwa after his release outside his old highshool pic.twitter.com/5qKdkIkSG0— Samer Al-Atrush (@SameralAtrush) September 23, 2015
I am free! This time for real! Cops dropped me at CAC my old high school in my prison garb. Party Time! #FreeAJStaff— Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (@MFFahmy11) September 23, 2015